waiting on wednesday (79)

Today I’m participating in "Waiting On" Wednesday, a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Its purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My love of/for fairy tale retellings and fantasy is a given.  However, there are certain kinds of fairy tales I like more than others.  Stories with curses are just... better.  A curse gives the protagonist a disadvantage to overcome from the very beginning, and a concrete evil to fight against/unravel. Another favorite flavor of fairy tale = shapeshifting.  People who can transform into animals are by turns amazing and sinister, depending on perspective.  Lucky for me, there's a young adult book on the way that combines these two fairy tale elements.  I'm pretty pumped.  Cat Hellisen’s Beastkeeper will be released by Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillan) on February 3, 2015.

beastkeeper by cat hellisen book cover
A haunting story of magic, curses, and dangerous family secrets.

Sarah has always been on the move. She's grown up lonely, longing for magic. She doesn't know that it's magic her parents are running from.

When Sarah's mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to live with grandparents she's never met.

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast... unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

What books are you waiting on?


Little Miss Becky said...

SO very excited for this one! For the fairy tale aspect and also because it's finally more from Cat Hellison---loved her writing in When the Sea is Rising Red!

Unknown said...

This one looks really great! Beauty and the Beast retellings are nothing new, but a retelling where the beauty is the beast? Sign me up!

Shane @ItchingforBooks said...

Ooh, intriguing! Gimme! Gimme!

Happy Hump Day!

Shane @ Itching for Books

Unknown said...

I'm up for any type of magic stories, there's so much you can do with them, and always fun. :)

Here's mine

Kirsty @ StudioReads

Spiced Latte said...

This looks awesome! Great choice :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing, I simply love the sound of Beastkeeper!

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Unknown said...

This sounds so good! I love retellings, so this is definitely going on my TBR. Thanks for sharing!

Alma @ Journey Through Fiction

Unknown said...

Ooooh, this does sound pretty good. I love fairy tales and this one seems to combine so many of those traditional elements! Looks great, thanks for sharing!

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Missie said...

This sounds great!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

Mia The Reader said...

The Beastkeeper looks like a good one, thanks for the recommendation!

Liviania said...

This looks great, especially with that paper cut cover.

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